A few days ago I had my first emotional breakdown after decluttering my hoarded house. I felt anxious, depressed and felt alone in the world. I cried hysterically and called a dear friend from church. She helped comfort me and gave me great advice. She’s worked with a lot of addicts. I am her only hoarder. But the patterns and habits are very similar to addictions. She explained that this was a good thing because I need to learn a new coping mechanism in place of hoarding. I explain my heart in this video because I want other hoarders to know that they are not alone. I also want non-hoarders to understand how we struggle. Together we can find healing in this mental struggle.